|Li Jiheng, governor of Yunnan Province, talks with trapped workers with telephone at the site of railway tunnel collapse in Funing County of Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 15, 2014. Fourteen workers are confirmed to be alive but another one remains out of contact so far after part of a railway tunnel collapsed. The tunnel collapsed at around 4 p.m. on July 14, trapping 15 workers. (Xinhua/Hu Chao)
KUNMING, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Fourteen workers are confirmed to be alive but another one remains out of contact in southwest China's Yunnan Province after part of a railway tunnel collapsed on Monday afternoon, local authorities said on Wednesday.
As of 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, rescuers had drilled a hole in the collapsed tunnel after more than 27 hours of rescue work, and managed to send food, water and flashlights to the workers, according to the local government.
"Fourteen workers are alive and safe, while the situation of another one remains unclear," the government said in a statement.
The tunnel collapsed at around 4 p.m. on Monday in Funing County of Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan, trapping 15 workers, the local government said.
The tunnel, known as Funing No. 1 tunnel, was on a pivotal railway linking Yunnan with southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.